- Are Synthroid and Levothroid the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Synthroid?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Levothroid?
- What Is Synthroid?
- What Is Levothroid?
- What Drugs Interact with Synthroid?
- What Drugs Interact with Levothroid?
- How Should Synthroid Be Taken?
- How Should Levothroid Be Taken?
Are Synthroid and Levothroid the Same Thing?
What Are Possible Side Effects of Synthroid?
Common side effects of Synthroid include:
- hot flashes,
- sensitivity to heat,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- changes in appetite or changes in weight,
- changes in menstrual perdiods,
- and temporary hair loss.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Levothroid?
Common side effects of Levothroid include:
- hair loss during the first few months of treatment. This side effect is usually temporary as your body adjusts to Levothroid.
Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Levothroid including:
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- feeling nervous or irritable,
- hot flashes,
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest,
- changes in your menstrual periods,
- appetite changes, or
- weight changes.
What Is Synthroid?
- thyroid removal,
- thyroid atrophy,
- functional T4 deficiency,
- radiation treatment of the thyroid,
- and other causes).
Synthroid is also used for pituitary TSH suppression.
What Is Levothroid?
Levothroid (levothyroxine sodium) is a replacement for a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body's energy and metabolism used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). Levothroid is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), which can be caused by hormone imbalances, radiation treatment, surgery, or cancer.
What Drugs Interact With Synthroid?
Synthroid may also interact with dopamine/dopamine agonists, glucocorticoids, octreotide, aminoglutethimide, amiodarone, iodide, lithium, methimazole, propylthiouracil (PTU), sulfonamides, tolbutamide, orlistat, clofibrate, oral contraceptives, estrogens, heroin/methadone, 5-fluorouracil, mitotane, tamoxifen, furosemide, heparin, hydantoins, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), salicylates, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, rifampin, beta-adrenergic antagonists, anticoagulants, antidepressants, antidiabetics, cardiac glycosides, cytokines, growth hormones, ketamine, bronchodilators, radiographic agents, sympathomimetics, chloral hydrate, diazepam, ethionamide, lovastatin, metoclopramide, 6-mercaptopurine, nitroprusside, para-aminosalicylate sodium, perphenazine, resorcinol (excessive topical use), and thiazide diuretics.
What Drugs Interact With
Levothroid may interact with ferrous sulfate iron supplements, sucralfate, and antacids.
How Should Synthroid Be Taken?
Synthroid is prescribed in tablets that range from 25 to 300 mcg in strength and is usually taken once a day with a full glass of water (about 8 ounces) 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast for best adsorption into the body. Children can take the medicine if the tablet is crushed and put into about 1 to 2 teaspoons of water; do not store or delay giving this crushed pill suspension. Doctors often may have to slowly increase the dose; patients should not increase or decrease this medication themselves. Because some preparations of the drug may contain iodine or lactose, patients should tell their doctors about such allergies or reactions to these components. Many drugs can inhibit Synthroid's adsorption by the body; other medications may increase or decrease its effectiveness once it is adsorbed. Providing a complete list of medications to the doctor will help with getting the correct dose established for each individual patient. Pregnant and lactating females need to discuss the dose and use of this medication with their caregivers.
How Should Levothroid Be Taken?
For adult hypothyroidism, Levothroid is started at 12.5-125 mcg/day taken orally. Dose may differ with individuals based on age, the presence of cardiovascular disease, tolerance, side effects, and blood levels of thyroid hormone. It may take one to three weeks before effects are seen.
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